Sometimes heavy literary fiction is a little too much to read, sometimes we want something a little lighter, more fun and more casual. You probably felt this way a lot of times but still wanted to read something that would tick off reading challenge boxes. So, for those that aren’t Indian, here are Ten Indian Books for casual reading.
1. The Sari of Surya Vilas : This is the story of a house, Surya Vilas (literally translates to Surya – Sun, Vilas – House) and a sari that belongs to the lady of the household. Alarmelu, her daughter, is on the hunt for the iconic saree that her mother cherished so much and after her mother passes, the sari becomes that much more important to her. This is Historical Fiction at its casual best. We learn a bit about the society then and about the household. It is divided into two parts, one in present day in the book and the second in the past with the story of how the Saree came to be. While there are a few things here and that that felt inaccurate, the book itself makes for a smooth, casual read that will put a tick in any Asian Historical Fiction/Independent publisher boxes your reading challenge might have. The story is set in Chennai so it went straight into my Indian reading challenge. Continue reading